(born June 9
), is an award-winning radio jockey
. He is most popularly known in his hometown, Hyderabad, as RJ "Recharge" Anuj, owing to the popularity of his evening drivetime show, Recharge.
Anuj comes from a family of educators. His father, Yogendra K Gurwara, and mother, Jyoti Gurwara, are teachers and run a school, Sherwood Public School
, in Hyderabad
. The family made Hyderabad their home in 1982. Anuj has one elder brother, Amol Gurwara.
Anuj did his schooling in Sherwood and later, graduated in Psychology
from Nizam College
, Hyderabad. He was an active part of Arts and Music in school and college. Anuj's interests were constantly encouraged and at an early age, he displayed tremendous potential.
Anuj started his career in entertainment as a copywriter
. Fresh out of college in 2001, he joined a BPO
but that didn't excite him. After quitting in a few months, he worked as a copywriter for a couple of advertising agencies. It was then, that he came in contact with Dramatic Circle Hyderabad
, Hyderabad's most respected theatre
group. Having worked in a production with them, Anuj realised that entertainment was what he wanted to do.
He decided to shift to Mumbai in 2002 to realise his dream.
After numerous auditions at various production houses, Anuj got his first call in 2003 from Nagesh Kukunoor
for Hyderabad Blues 2: Rearranged Marriage
After this, Anuj was called by Sekhar Kammula for an audition. Sekhar had won the National Film Award for his directorial debut in Dollar Dreams. He cast Anuj as the 2nd lead for his film Anand, which released in 2004.
Anand was a massive hit and Anuj received good reviews for his part.
In 2005, Anuj auditioned for All India Radio
, just to give it a shot. He was selected and started hosting music-based shows on Yuvavani
Following All India Radio, Anuj worked for Radio Biryani, a private radio program setup that aired on the AIR frequency.
That year, Anuj was awarded Best RJ (Hindi) for his show, Naach Meri Jaan.
Radio City 91.1
Anu's big break came when he joined Radio City 91.1fm
in 2006. The station was setting up in Hyderabad, the first private FM station in the city.
Anuj began hosting an evening drive time show, Recharge, six days a week, from 8pm to 11pm. He played popular Hindi music and maintained high energy, wit and humor throughout the three hours. The show was a hit right in its early days. It struck a chord with the evening listenership that would drive back from work, and as Anuj would say, "recharge" their batteries on their way home. Anuj enjoyed immense popularity through the show. The name stuck with him and he is fondly called RJ "Recharge" Anuj to this day.
Anuj shifted to the 5-9pm time slot after a year, yet, commanded a dedicated listenership in Hyderabad. Owing to his personal connect and popularity with listeners, he was awarded "No.1 RJ across All-India Radio City" for the year 2006-07.
Anuj was soon shifted to the morning show, The Radio City Breakfast Show, from 7am to 11am, where he, with Shraddha, gave a fun and energetic start to the day. The chirpy, positive and friendly banter between them had Hyderabad tuned in every morning.
It was in February 2008 that Anuj was awarded "India's Best Radio Host for 2007-08" in a nationwide search.
Anuj quit Radio City in July 2008, after the station changed its language mix to a more regional sound,
Anuj has been an active theatre actor in Hyderabad, as part of various Theatre productions. He has showcased his talent as an actor and received positive reviews for his performance.
Being an RJ and an actor, Anuj diversified himself as an MC. From hosting formal events to large parties and concerts, Anuj has established himself as one of the most popular MCs in Hyderabad. He has hosted events, big and small, for a large number of corporate companies and Event Managers
In February 2006, Anuj became a VJ
with SS Music
. He won the VJ Factor 2, a hunt for VJs in South India. Out of about 5000 people who competed, Anuj was one of the four winners.
It was a short-lived role as Anuj got an opportunity in Radio City, Hyderabad soon after.
Anuj also works as a freelance
voice over artiste and script writer, for various ad films, radio spots, documentaries and films.
|| Show Name
|| Time |
| Radio City 91.1fm
|| Mon-Sat 8pm-11pm |
|| City Joyride
|| Mon-Sat 5pm-7pm |
|| The Radio City Breakfast Show
|| Mon-Sat 7am-11am |
|| The Great Indian Countdown
|| Saturdays, 7pm-9pm |